WASHINGTON—Chinese mattresses exported to the U.S. could face 1,731.75 percent provisional tariffs, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, which just completed an antidumping duty investigation on imports from China.
In 2017, the U.S. imported $437 million worth of child and adult mattresses from China, the department said in a news release.
The Commerce Department assigned tariff rates of 38.56 percent and 84.64 percent on Healthcare Co. and Zinus (Xiamen), respectively. This applies to all the mattresses produced by China's largest mattress makers.
All the other Chinese exporters face tariffs of up to 1,731.75 percent.
The tariff may not have much impact, however.
"We are not expecting significant impact," Healthcare Co. said. "We've already moved most of the related production to our plants in Thailand and Serbia."
The Commerce Department's investigation started in October 2018, spurred by petitions from U.S. mattress producers such as Corsicana, Elite Comfort Solutions and Serta Simmons.
"To determine the 1,731.75 percent rate, we followed our normal practice and relied on the highest rate in the petition as adverse facts available," Commerce said in a news release.
The value of products from Malaysia were used for the department's benchmark price.
The provisional tariffs are set to take effect by Oct. 11.